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Eagles defeat Everett on the pitch 3-0

 

Andrew Hines

Kirsten Phillips cuts through the defense and takes a shot on goal, one of many on the night, at Arlington High School on Sept. 22.

The Arlington Eagles girls soccer team took on the Everett Seagulls on Sept. 22 in a match that was filled with aggressive play from beginning to end.

The Eagles came out flat in the first half but managed to score one goal, on a penalty kick from Kirsten Phillips. In the second half Arlington came out firing as they outran and simply outplayed the competition. The duo of Phillips and McKenzie Buell was on fire, as Phillips scored twice more, while Buell ran the offense with clean passes and tallying a pair of assists. The Eagles finished on top of the Seagulls with a score of 3-0.

"It's a good start and I know the girls were pushing themselves to be there. We are experienced so they are counting these matches and they are doing what they need to do. You need to win at home. I think defensively we have done a really nice job of keeping our shape, supporting each other and really getting back. Offensively, we are still trying to find our groove in terms of space and formations. Injuries have affected the way we play but we are adjusting moving forward," said Arlington Head Coach Nathan Davis.

The chemistry of Buell and Phillips was the catalyst of the Eagles' offense as they were too much for the Everett defense to handle. With a strong senior team around them, they are revving up for a strong season and postseason. However, do not overlook the strong defense that allows the offense to flourish. Focusing on another key piece of this Arlington team, Brielle Schraeder, the goalkeeper, has stepped up in big-time situations this season. Replacing an all-state keeper from last year, Schraeder uses her quickness in order to grab her fair share saves and has finished multiple games this season with shutouts.

"We just had a real talk on what we needed to work on. We needed to know that isn't how we play and we need to play harder. We need to come in with the mindset that we need to play aggressive and not get relaxed thinking we're going to beat them," said Phillips.

"This team is special because we lost 10 seniors from last year, and coming into this year everyone was counting us out. We've had a lot of girls step up their game, get aggressive, give hard tackles, score goals and are working well defensively," said Buell.

If you want to attend the next Arlington Eagles home game they will be competing against the Meadowdale Mavericks on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

 

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